Since 1982, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. We provide food to our members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. These independent food pantries, meal sites and shelters are on the front lines of food assistance in our region, providing sustenance to individuals, families, seniors, children and people with disabilities (including veterans) to lead healthy and meaningful lives.

In addition to food distribution, we also serve as an important resource to all of our members to help strengthen the emergency food network, increase their capacity, and develop long-term solutions to the underlying causes of hunger in our community.

To “Feed our Neighbors in Need” —the first part of our mission statement – we distribute healthy food that comes from a number of different sources, including the state government (MEFAP), the federal government (TEFAP), local farms, our own Food Bank farms, retail and wholesale food businesses, community organizations, and individual donations.

Once received and processed, the food is distributed to our members or directly to households facing food insecurity at our 26 Mobile Food Bank and 52 Brown Bag: Food for Elders sites.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is a proud member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks.

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